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St. Louis Jewish Light

Students protesting against gun violence on Capitol Hill, Feb. 21, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Opinion | If you’ve had it with gun violence, then it’s time to get busy

STACEY NEWMAN, Executive Director of ProgressWomanPublished June 9, 2022

How many gun deaths is enough? In the week after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th killing 19 fourth graders, two teachers and injuring 17, there were an additional 20 mass shootings in the United States. That’s...

Ending gun violence Is an inherently Jewish responsibility

Ending gun violence Is an inherently Jewish responsibility

Published May 25, 2022

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Kveller on December 2, 2021. We are republishing it today in light of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  The desperate desire to help end the gun violence epidemic in America is rooted...

Stacey Newman, a former Missouri state legislator, is the executive director of ProgressWomen, a statewide social justice group focused on justice and equality issues. 

Lack of action on gun violence hurts the most vulnerable

Stacey NewmanPublished February 6, 2020

The astronomical number of people harmed by guns last year — children, domestic violence and suicide victims — had me expecting that someone in charge might want to “do something” about it. In a six month span last year, more than nine...

Letters to the editor: September 4, 2019

Letters to the editor: September 4, 2019

Published September 5, 2019

Action needed to end gun violenceWe’ve lost more than a dozen children in the St. Louis area this summer from violence. As a mother, I am so tired of seeing headlines with precious faces of children lost to gunfire yet I feel like our elected officials...

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Thoughts, Prayers and Action

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 15, 2019

With numbing certainty, more mass shootings of innocent men, women and children will occur in more American cities, many of them at the hands of highly unstable people who bought into vicious screeds on various websites.  In El Paso, Texas, it was in...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2019

Letters to the editor: Aug. 7, 2019

Published August 8, 2019

Encourage lawmakers to pass gun violence prevention billsI was heartbroken to hear the news of not one, but three major shootings this weekend in El Paso, Dayton and now Chicago. With the 2019-2020 school year about to start, we will also have to brace...

A group of students with the help of State Rep. Stacey Newman organized a press conference on Feb. 23 at Parkway Central High School to urge lawmakers to take action to prevent mass shootings. Photo: Eric Berger

Local students protest gun violence after Florida school shooting

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITERPublished February 28, 2018

A group of Parkway Central High School students organized a news conference after school Friday to call for action to prevent gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.More...

Levi Dyson, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018  Speak for Others Award, given each year by the Marquette Speech and Debate Team to a worthy competitor. 

Lending voice to ‘speak for others’; painting tragedy with love

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 28, 2018

Nothing debatable hereAdd Levi Dyson to the growing list of high school students who continue to dazzle and change the world with their skills, grit and heart.A senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Dyson was recently awarded the 2018 Speak for...

Kristi Gilroy hugs a young woman at a police checkpoint near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 15.   Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

When school shootings hit home, pain runs deep

BY RABBI SETH D. GORDONPublished February 21, 2018

Like you, I learned about the school shooting in Florida from the news. But unlike you, I heard the news from Israel, where I am studying. And probably unlike you, I had a very personal connection: My nephew Zachary and my niece Zoe were in that school.I...

Stacey Newman is Missouri state representative of the 87th District, which includes Clayton and parts of Brentwood, Ladue, Richmond Heights and University City.

Being ‘sick and tired’ won’t curb gun violence

STACEY NEWMANPublished October 11, 2017

We knew it was coming.   The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history happened in Las Vegas last week, with 58 killed and more than 500 injured. The numbers of fatalities will keep changing, as families are devastated and medical professionals with...

Mark Cantor is lead trial attorney at Cantor Injury Law in St. Louis. He is an advocate for the seriously injured and for the First and Second Amendments.

Jewish community needs to rethink approach to guns

By Mark CantorPublished October 11, 2017

I’d like this to be titled, “Don’t Touch It! Run Away! Tell A Trusted Adult!” Most Jews will not know what I am talking about. Readers, do you know? If you do not, you have failed to teach your children about something that can save their lives....

Illustration: Martin Holloway

Face-to-face with violence: Silence no longer an option

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 11, 2017

It dawned on me a few days after last week’s Las Vegas mass shooting:  It’s been exactly 30 years since a St. Louis security guard abducted a friend and me at gunpoint.I will get to that story shortly. More important is the reason I am retelling...

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